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Poster: Tidewater four ten O nine Date: Aug 27, 2011 5:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Playing In The Band > Alexandra Palace London, England 09/11/74

I wuz there - with my two girlfriends at the time (both old ladies now ................. get ready for 'sexist pig' comments!).

Time has muddled the memories but I seem to think that one was called 'uninitiated' and the other was ' weak of mind'.

Never could make my mind up.

One thing I could make my mind up about though was the "Eyes of the World" ........... I can die a happy man now.

A worthy addition to your '74 collection (from Lossless Legs, of course).

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Aug 28, 2011 4:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Playing In The Band > Alexandra Palace London, England 09/11/74

Bkidwell coined the term "out there" in regards to several 1974 versions of Playing in the Band.

We caught two shows during the summer of 74, Des Moines 6/16 and Chicago Amphitheatre 7/25. Des Moines had some weird moments during Eyes and PITB, but the Phil and Ned segment during the 7/25 performance had several in the audience dropping like flies, bodies being passed back through the crowd from the front rows.

"out there" is an apt description of this Playin > Seastones and then along comes the Eyes which is a breath of structured air.

Over the years i've evolved my listening to enjoy the somewhat structured weird improvisation from 1974.

I agree with many here that 73-74 are the pinnacle performance years for the Dead, and also enjoy 1976 - 1978.



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Poster: rastamon Date: Aug 27, 2011 2:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Playing In The Band > Alexandra Palace London, England 09/11/74

imo, all Seastones sucked, but then, I never heard it on acid

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Aug 27, 2011 2:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Playing In The Band > Alexandra Palace London, England 09/11/74

Yeah,

I felt the same about Seastones for years, particularly after purchasing the album in 1975, what a disappointment that was.

However, agree with your assessment that an experimental listening session under the influence of lysergic could certainly yield a different result, Got any? :)

BTW: It also took me a long time to warm up to Infrared Roses in 1991.

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Poster: fireeagle Date: Aug 27, 2011 3:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Playing In The Band > Alexandra Palace London, England 09/11/74

well i got the album in 75(76?) too, enjoyed listening to it, in different states of mind (psychedelics only), for few years. never felt anything even remotely similar to disappointment. always thought twas a great album, that perfectly served the purpose

looking at the old album sleeve right now..white is turning into yellow..